UCF Thinks Clean Coal is a “Die-in” Matter

December 5, 2008 at 1:42 pm Leave a comment

Friday, November 14, 2008

GreenPeace amd RAN called for campuses across the country to hold a Coal Day of Action. The Eco Advocate’s of Central Florida at UCF responded.

On Friday, around 11am, we suited up for a theatrical display. Three of us laid on the ground, in a “die-in” fashion, all bloody and dirtied up with signs propped against our lifeless bodies that gave facts regarding coal mining and it’s effect on health and the environment. The rest of us were manned with flyers explaining the truth behind clean coal. Awareness was spread on companies that finance the coal industry and a petition was passed around asking Bank of America, a bank with ATMs and a branch on UCF property, to discontinue financing the coal industry. Our wonderful Coal Representative, “Coal B. Stinky”, informed people of the “wonders” of clean coal and how clean it really was. She offered coal (which was really charcoal) to passers-by and some were actually taking it!

We had a great time with this action. We passed out over 650 flyers and sparked up some very interesting conversation with those in need of more knowledge on the subject. Some opposing minds began to change and question the reality of clean coal after our demonstration. At the end of the action, we all headed to the Reflection Pond, in front of Millican Hall, the building that houses our high-level administration. We took a group picture with a banner that read “Coal is NEVER Clean” and sent it, along with our petition of over 60 signatures, to Bank of America.

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